Thursday, March 23, 2017

Post-wedding shoot: Part I.

Finally I am back again! *shy face*

Today, I want to share my post-wedding shoot with you all; we had 3 looks so there are quite a bit of photos, hence I am going to split the photos into two parts. :) Also, I will be blogging in detail about my wedding and the planning, design, details, EVERYTHING, so stay tuned!

Why post-wedding shoot?

To be honest, I never intended to have one! We have actually scheduled some time before our Chinese wedding dinner (yep, we had a Chinese and Western one-- that is what you get from being Chinese hoho) to do a shoot with our corgi, Rocky. Alas, it was raining cats and dogs; plus we were still knackered from all the wedding shenanigans the day before. Naturally, it just made sense to postpone our shoot then. Big love to our photographer, Jane Lee, who accommodated us!

I was way, way, way too ambitious to decide to style the shoot myself. Imagine lugging ALL the props below in heels and a poofy gown and setting up alone. T_T Hubby was busy with the dog, whereas the photographer was busy setting up her equipment as well; so it was really all me. *shakes head*

Also, we were really unlucky 'cause my worst nightmare came true-- it started raining barely 20 minutes into the shoot. We still persevered though, and you can definitely see raindrops in some of the photos haha. But I think the results were well-worth it!

ENJOY THE PHOTOS!

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I was so ecstatic to find a vintage-esque crown with blue accents, to go with my dress! This  crown is meant to be worn on the back of your head, which I love because it is more subtle and romantic I feel?

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The set-up for the shoot! I was going for a soft, cozy look with slight bohemian touches.

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Dressing-up time-- in the midst of tying a gigantic satin bow on Rocky!

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Look at this stupid dog--- halfway through the shoot he started rolling himself on my gown haha.

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I love butterflies so I tried to incorporate it subtly into this shoot as well! These Sophia Webster heels are just perfect.... They went so well with my dress too!

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Loose, rustic bouquet...

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I made a hardcover storybook for our wedding! Will blog more about this soon, but naturally this has to be a prop for our shoot. :)

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It was fun reading through it again!

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Remember I said there are subtle butterfly accents here and there? I made this terrarium with a butterfly in it. :)

This next series of photos seriously crack me up:

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Rocky just realizing that we are being chummy without him.

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"No way I am missing out!"

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"Wait for me, y'guys!"

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"Almost there..."

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"Yay, reunited!"

HAHAHAHA.

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"Better Together" is the theme of our wedding ceremony and dinner. I will blog more on this, but since this quote is really meaningful to us, I got it calligraphed and it is now displayed in our home as a reminder. :)

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Not ready for a double-whammy kiss!

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A close-up of the set-up! I handmade the tambourines-- they were props/ decor for my wedding. :)

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Handpainted macarons 'cause that is the way I roll. (PS: you can totally see the raindrops right? T_T)

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LOVE LOVE LOVE my dress!

PS: I am planning to let it go to another loving owner though, email me if you are interested!

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So much feels going through these photos again hehe. Part II coming up next!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Foolproof CNY recipe.


For my mom’s birthday recently on 31 December (YES! My mom was born on NYE haha), I was racking my brains to do something a little different for her. I mean, what can you give a woman who has everything already—including a good daughter like me HAHA. And then one day while browsing the Net, I got a stroke of inspiration—I will cook longevity noodles for her!! This is especially apt ‘cause recently my mom found out I cooked for some friends for Christmas, and she merajuk (i.e. complained) that I seldom cook for her.  photo smiling-face-with-open-mouth-and-cold-sweat_zpsmfaziwvm.png

After some browsing around, I found a longevity noodle recipe that I want to give a go! Spoiler alert: It turned out quite well, so I thought I will share the recipe here. :)

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These are the ingredients needed:
200g of longevity noodles
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1tbsp chopped ginger
1 packet of shimeji mushrooms
1 packet of enoki mushrooms
¼ cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, cut into thin sticks
3 bunches (about 50g) of Chinese chives, cut into 2” lengths

Sauce:
1 ½ tbsp dark soy sauce
3 tbsp of Marmite
1 tbsp black vinegar
1tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp white pepper
1 ½ cups of water

Before we begin, prepare the noodles and vegetables first!

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Boil longevity noodles for 3-4 minutes, and drain.

I have a funny story about longevity noodles. So hubby is Hokkien whereas I am Cantonese. When he first found out that I wanted to cook longevity noodles, he was like, “that is mee sua”, and I was like “NO! Cantonese eat longevity noodles!! Not mee sua!

Well, guys, after I bought the noodles, I can confirm—it IS mee sua HAHAHA. So yes, if you are Hokien, this will probably be an extra big hit with your family.

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Boil the cabbage and carrot over slow heat for a couple of minutes. You would want crisp not soggy vegetables!

And then it is time to start cooking!

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Heat up cooking oil and sauté garlic and ginger till fragrant.

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This is optional, but I added in some chicken strips (lightly marinated with light soy sauce, brown sugar and Shaoxing wine.

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When chicken is half-cooked, add in the mushrooms and stir fry for 2 minutes.

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Pour in the sauce mixture and bring to boil.

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Add in longevity noodles and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes.

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Add in the vegetables, and keep cooking till the sauce thickens. By this time, your kitchen will smell heavenly!!

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Stir in the chives, and YOU ARE DONE!!

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Garnish with fried shallots, and serve hot. *slurps*

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I am really pleased with how it turned out! Am even thinking of cooking it for CNY ‘cause we will definitely be hosting some family and friends then.:)

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I actually brought the dish to my mom’s birthday dinner at a restaurant, and she was soooo pleased and surprised!! Immediately she couldn’t stop taking photos and started posting on social media HAHAHA.

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This… is not my kitchen wtf. The restaurant very kindly helped us heat up the pot of noodles! So weird to see my cooking.. being cooked in a restaurant HAHA.

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And it is served!! Again, it is weird to see my own cooking being served in a restaurant setting with red wine and condiments LOL.

The recipe supposedly serves 2-3 pax, but to be honest, it ended up to be quite a big bowl—just nice for my family of 9 pax. If you are serving these noodles with other dishes, I think you can adjust the serving accordingly. :)

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Mommy gave this two thumbs up! :D

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And I was really pleased when my 88 year old grandpa had TWO servings! :P

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The chef with her patrons. *blows nails* My parents were really happy that I cooked this dish for them, and even kept on telling all the (real) chefs and wait-staff. DAMN SHY!!

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But to be honest, I think the taste of the noodles was really enhanced by the unique taste of Marmite. While reading off the label, I was pleased to find that it is rich in Vitamin B and folic acid. Also, not only is it low in fat and sugar, it also contains no coloring and preservatives—which makes it a great secret ingredient when cooking at home! Read: Marmite chicken, which is only one of my family’s favorite thing to order whenever we eat out.

I got this recipe off Marmite Malaysia’s FB, you can find loads of other Marmite recipes there (hint: even my favorite Marmite chicken LOL). Am really keen to experiment with other recipes there, because this recipe really turned out quite well!

In the meantime, based on the positive response, I am most likely going to cook this longevity for CNY! Because not only it is tasty, it also has a good symbolism for the new year. :D Wish me luck!!

This post is written in collaboration with Marmite Malaysia.